Defiance In Harrison Bergeron And Anthem

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Intelligence and Defiance “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change”. (Albert Einstein) In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr talks about how everyone is equal by wearing handicaps. In the novella Anthem technological advancement is planned and the meaning of individuality is forbidden. “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem are both pieces of dystopian literature which portray (their protagonists,theme,education) similarly. Harrison and Equality are both very intelligent young men because they enjoy being different. In Harrison Bergeron Kurt Vonnegut portrays Intelligence, by Harrison escaping jail. “Has just escaped from jail, where he was hold on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government he is a genius and is an athlete,…show more content…
“Harrison tore the straps of his handicap harness like a wet tissue paper, tore straps guaranteed to support five thousand pounds”. (Vonnegut 3) Accordingly this shows defiance by Harrison disobeying the law in this society, which makes him a danger for the reason that he's not equal to everyone else. Equality shows defiance when he goes to the Uncharted Forest. “It mattered not where we went. We knew that men not follow us, for they never entered the uncharted forest. We had nothing to fear from them. Only we wished to be away, away from the city”(Rand 76) This quote is effective since Equality did not care about the society's rules, he wanted to get away and live freely. Therefore this shows defiance due to Equality not obeying the rules in this society, so he escaped for a better life. Harrison and Equality both show similarities in defiance for the reason that they both do what is right in their own mind. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr and Anthem by Ayn Rand are both similarly the same with portraying intelligence and defiance. These dystopian literatures are alike by the characters actions. “Never Put the key to your happiness in someone else's
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